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What's New in Financial Aid and Scholarships

2019-20 Cost of Attendance Adjustement Requests

Do your expenses exceed what was allocated for you in the Estimated Cost of Attendance? If so, we may be able to increase your budget, and your financial aid eligibility, by taking into consideration your actual costs. You can review your Estimated Cost of Attendance in CalCentral. Before applying, be sure to familiarize yourself with the maximums allowed for the award year. Learn more about the process and how to apply on our Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request page. Please note:  most Cost of Attendance Adjustment Requests are funded with additional loans and work-study. 

2020-21 Financial Aid Applications Available October 1

Each October the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the California Dream Act Application become available for the next academic year. It is important to complete your application as soon as possible to meet all financial aid deadlines. The application priority deadline is March 2. If you file after March 2, some types of financial aid may be limited. For more information, visit the FAFSA website and the Dream Act website.

Our staff is here to guide you and your family through the financial aid process from start to finish. Please complete your aid application and allow the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to determine your eligibility for federal, state and institutional support that can support you in achieving your educational goals.

Emergency Loan Program Dates

The Fall 2019 Emergency Loan application is open August 21, 2019 through December 20, 2019. For more information about Emergency Loans, please visit our Short-Term Emergency Loan page.

Fastest Way to Receive Your Financial Aid Refund

If you have not already signed up for Direct Deposit to receive your refund, you can still sign up via CalCentral! Activation may take up to seven business days. Until Direct Deposit is activated, paper refund checks are printed and held for you to pick up at Cal Student Central. Don't wait in line for a paper check this semester! 

Money Management Resources Available

Need help managing your money? Bears for Financial Success is a peer-to-peer program on campus to help you manage your personal finances. You can schedule an appointment with a peer educator or check out our website for more information. We're also happy to announce that money management resources are available to UC Berkeley students through the online personal finance tool, iGrad. iGrad gives you access to personalized content like videos, articles, calculators, and other tools to help you improve your money management skills and knowledge in college and beyond. Create your account today!